Heart of the Community Awards launches in Northampton

The Heart of the Community Awards has been launched by Northampton Borough Council this week.
The Heart of the Community Awards has been launched by Northampton Borough Council this week.

Nominations are being sought for Northampton’s top community champions as part of an award scheme to honour the town’s unsung heroes.

Northampton Borough Council has launched the 2015 Heart of the Community Awards today to celebrate the people ‘at the very heart of Northampton’, it says.

The awards aim to will highlight groups and individuals who have made a difference in their local community.

Mayor of Northampton Councillor John Caswell (Con New Duston), said: “The Heart of the Community Awards is a time for Northampton Borough Council to say thank you on behalf of the town to all of the hardworking and dedicated people who strive to make the town a safer, better and happier place for us all.

“The awards are a very special event in Northampton’s calendar and I would encourage everyone to nominate the people going the extra mile and making a difference where they live.”

Last year’s Guildhall ceremony saw Nicolette Bench, Mick Reeve, Roger Adams, Patsy Gough and Abdul Halim Abdallad receive recognition for their outstanding work in the community.

Nicolette Bench, of Upton, was honoured for running a youth club and regularly helping vulnerable families in the area in need of extra support.

Mick Reeve and Roger Adams received their award for their 30 year involvement with St Crispin and Ryelands Cricket Club as volunteer umpires, scorers, committee members, groundsmen and fundraisers.

Retired nurse Patsy Gough was honoured for her work as a trustee and volunteer at ACES day care centre in Abington, which supports older people.

And Abdul Halim Abdallad was recognised for his volunteering as a football coach at a street football project alongside managing his full time studies at the University of Northampton and a part-time job.

Nominations are now being accepted until Tuesday, March 31, and can be submitted online at: www.northampton.gov.uk/heartofthecommunity

More information is also available from the mayor’s office by calling (Northampton) 837804 or emailing mayor@northampton.gov.uk

All nominations will be considered by a panel of independent judges and the winners will be invited to a celebration event at The Guildhall in April.